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In Focus: 2/11/2011

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PAIDEIA GROUP ORGANIZES PROGRAM TO PROVIDE FOOD TO NEEDY RESIDENTS ON VALENTINE’S DAY

This year, Valentine’s Day at Southwestern University will be less about chocolate and roses, and more about what it means to help those who are less fortunate.

On Feb. 14, Southwestern students will have the opportunity to donate a meal from their meal plan to provide food for needy people in Georgetown.

The program has been organized by students in Don Gregory’s Paideia group in cooperation with Southwestern’s food service provider, Sodexho. Organizers are calling it the “One Swipe” program.

Students will be asked to swipe their meal card at the Commons between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and then leave and eat somewhere else. For those without a meal plan, Pirate Buc$ will be accepted, as well as cash donations.

Sodexho will tally the value of the meals donated and then match each contribution. They will make a food contribution of equivalent value to the Caring Place.

“The idea behind the date is to ask people to stop and think that Valentine’s Day is not just about a loved one – it is also about showing some love to perhaps one, and, sadly, many, who are unloved,” Gregory said.

Read more here.

PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR TO REPRESENT SOUTHWESTERN AT TEXAS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY

Carissa Winland came to Southwestern knowing she wanted to study psychology, but she wasn’t sure what area of psychology.

“I hadn’t even considered research because I had never been exposed to it,” she said.

An Animal Behavior class with Professor Jesse Purdy and a Research Methods class with Professor Fay Guarraci changed all that. She’s now hooked on research and wants to attend graduate school to study neuroscience.

For the past two years, Winland has worked in Guarraci’s Neuroscience Research Laboratory. She has helped write three research papers and has presented two times at an international conference, which is quite an accomplishment for an undergraduate student.

These accomplishments led Winland to be selected to represent Southwestern at the first Texas Undergraduate Research Day, which will be held Feb. 14 at the State Capital building in Austin.

Read more here.

Events

GUEST ARTIST TO GIVE GUITAR CONCERT FEB. 13

Guitarist Richard Savino will give a guest recital on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater.

The program will include Baroque works by Giovanni Batista Granata, Ludovico Roncalli, Gaspar Sanz and Santiago de Murcia as well as Early Classic works by Juan Antonio Vargas y Guzman, Mauro Giuliani and Ferdinando Carulli.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 512-863-1504.

SOUTHWESTERN TO HOST BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPEAKER FEB. 16

The Office of Diversity Education and the student organization EBONY are co-sponsoring a Black History Month lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballrooms.

The lecture will be given by Dr. S. Craig Watkins, who is a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and an associate professor of radio-television-film at UT-Austin.

Watkins has been researching young people’s media behaviors for more than 10 years. He is the author of Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema; Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement; and The Young and The Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, The Tavis Smiley Show, ABC World News Tonight, MTV.com, FOX.com and ESPN.

Watkins’ talk is titled “To Be Young, Digital, and Black: Understanding Black Youth Culture in the Age of Social Media.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

ORCHESTRA, WIND ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM FEB. 19

The Southwestern University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will give a joint concert under the direction of guest conductor Donald Hunsberger on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theatre. 

Hunsberger is Professor Emeritus of the Eastman School of Music and conducted the Eastman Wind Ensemble from 1965-2002. The program will include works by Beethoven, Debussy and Shostakovich.

2011 BROWN SYMPOSIUM WILL BRING SALONS TO LIFE

The salons of centuries past will come back to life Feb. 23-25 as Southwestern University holds its 33rd annual Brown Symposium.  

The symposium is titled “Think – Converse – Act: The Salon and Its Histories.” It has been organized by Michael Cooper, professor of music and holder of the Margarett Root Brown Chair.  

The symposium will feature three lectures on the history of salons, along with three public salons on topics that are important in today’s world. It also will feature several musical performances and a gallery exhibit.  

Read more here.

Media Coverage

The Austin Business Journal ran an op-ed piece by President Schrum on the Texas Tuition Equalization Grant Program (TEG). Read the story here.

The Charlotte Observer ran a Q&A with Religion Professor Laura Hobgood-Oster about her new book. Read the piece here.

Notables

Senior business and communication studies major D’Artagnan Bebel has been selected to receive the 2011 Academic Internship Student Achievement Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA). Bebel will receive the award at the CEIA’s annual meeting in San Antonio April 10. The award comes with a $500 prize. Bebel is the third Southwestern student to receive this national award in the past six years. Read more here.

Kerry Bechtel, associate professor of theatre, designed the costumes for “Souvenir,” which runs through February at the Unity Theatre in Brenham.

Alisa Gaunder, associate professor of political science, was an invited participant to The Stanford University Workshop “Political Change in Japan II:  One Step Forward, One Step Back?” on Feb. 4-5, 2011.  She gave a paper titled “Women in Politics in Japan:  Is there an Impact on Governance and Policy?”  Papers presented at this workshop will be reproduced in an edited volume and a special journal issue.  

Fay Guarraci, associate professor of psychology, had an article titled “Sex, Drugs and the Brain: The Interaction Between Drugs of Abuse and Sexual Behavior in the Female Rat” published in Hormones and Behavior

An article written by Max Taub, associate professor of biology, is one of the 25 most-cited articles in Global Change Biology since January 2008, according to Web of Science®.